Monthly Archives: March 2014

You Should Take Latin

“You should take Latin.” I bombard every student I meet on campus with this phrase. So much so that normally students see me coming and instead of running away turn to meet me and see how long it takes for … Continue reading

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Scylla and Charybdis: Between Fear and Courage

According to Greek Myth, Scylla (pronounced SIL-ah) and Charybdis (pronounced kah-RIB-dis) were monsters that inhabited opposite sides of a channel of water, sometimes imagined as the Strait of Messina separating Italy from Sicily.  Scylla, a former lover of Poseidon, had … Continue reading

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Gauging Your Online Importance

Social media is one big junior high dance: Everyone alternating between being shy and outlandish, all in the desperate hope of getting notice.  And like the junior high dance, you slowly realize that a lot of people are looking to … Continue reading

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TED Talks and the Death of the College Lecture

For the last 10-20 years, people have been prophesying the death of the college lecture.  The caricature of the typical college lecture course has become iconic in the college movies of the last 30 years: large, boring, droning, easily skip-able.  … Continue reading

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